2021 Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns Matchup Preview
By Max Heering
The 4-5 Atlanta Hawks will have a tough matchup on the road tonight against the Phoenix Suns. The Hawks are coming off a 116-98 loss against the Utah Jazz that saw their record drop below .500. Point guard Trae Young was impressive in the loss with 21 points and seven assists. On the other side, the 4-3 Phoenix Suns are gaining some momentum and have won three games in a row. They are coming off a 123-111 win against the rebuilding Houston Rockets. Guard Devin Booker led the Suns in scoring with 27 points and also had nine rebounds. It is worth noting that guard Landry Shamet had a productive game off the bench too. He scored 19 points in 19 minutes.
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Hawks vs. Suns Predictions
The Atlanta Hawks still have a talented team, but they have struggled to string some wins together this season against some of the NBA’s best. Even though they have been losing, they have maintained almost all of their roster from last year and should not be concerned about their skill level. The Phoenix Suns, on the other hand, are feeling pretty good. They have momentum from winning three games in a row and will be playing at home tonight. Those last three wins have not been against great teams, but it still feels nice to pull out a few wins in a row.
I believe the Hawks are a better team, but they will be outplayed tonight by the surging Suns. Devin Booker has continued his scoring dominance into this season, averaging 22.6 points per game, and point guard Chris Paul has been passing the ball as effectively as ever. He is averaging 12 assists a game and just passed Steve Nash for the third-most assists ever. This will be a close game, but the Suns will pull it out and push their winning streak to four.